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Every ILRie Has a Story

Lauren Ezrol Klein ’88 is receiving the Alpern Award, which recognizes outstanding service and support to ILR and professional accomplishments outside the industrial and labor relations field. 

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Labor Economics Workshop: Melanie Wasserman

Melanie Wasserman, UCLA The Effects of Gender Integration on Men: Evidence from the U.S. Military Abstract: How do men respond when women first enter an occupation? In 2016, the U.S. military removed one of the final explicit occupational barriers to women in the U.S. by opening all positions to women, including historically male-only combat occupations. This policy change provides a rare opportunity to study the initial gender integration of an occupation. The effects of introducing women into a previously all-male group or occupation are theoretically ambiguous. Increasing gender diversity could leverage complementary skills and ideas, boosting individual and team performance. Alternatively, integrating women could create communication obstacles, lead to interpersonal conflict, or incite retaliatory behavior, potentially diminishing both group performance and the performance of men themselves. In this paper, we exploit the staggered integration of women into combat units to estimate the causal effects of the introduction of female colleagues on men’s job performance and satisfaction, using monthly administrative personnel records and rich survey responses measuring workplace climate. We find little evidence that integrating women into previously all-male units negatively impacts men’s performance and behavior. Many of our results are precise enough to rule out small, detrimental effects. However, the integration of women causes a negative shift in male soldiers’—especially officers’—perceptions of workplace quality, including job satisfaction, organizational effectiveness, and the organization’s ability to address potential incidents of sexual harassment/assault. Additionally, the negative effects of integration on men’s perceptions of workplace quality are confined to units that integrate with at least one female officer. We discuss how these findings shed light on the role of gender identity concerns in explaining occupational segregation by gender.

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Labor Economics Workshop: Melanie Wasserman

Immigration: A Critical and Informed Analysis

This panel will bring together Cornell experts and practitioners in the field of immigration. An interdisciplinary group of scholars will discuss the racialized history of immigration in the United States, the contemporary role of immigration status for driving inequality, and the devastating role of war in displacing migrants. We will also consider the role of praxis for upholding both the rights of migrants and the right to stay home. We will hear from a team of legal advocates engaged in immigrant defense, as well as a scholar activist focused on building transnational solidarities. Together these perspectives will offer an informed and critical corrective to the contemporary debates on immigration in the United States and beyond. María Cristina García H. A. Newman Professor of American Studies, Department of History, and Director, Latino Studies Program “Immigration Myths: Are Today’s Immigrants All that Different from Your Immigrant Ancestors?” Matt Hall Professor of Public Policy and Sociology and Director, Cornell Population Center “(Un)authorized Precarity: How Immigration Status Drives Inequality” Saida Hodžić Associate Professor of Anthropology and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies “War, Displacement, and the Death of Human Rights” Cornell Immigration Law & Advocacy Clinic “The Racialized Injustices Facing Immigrant Defense” Emina Bužinkić AGITATE! Unsettling Knowledges Editorial Collective and the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) – Zagreb, Croatia “Countering Politics of Death & Erasure: People's Tribunal & Migrant Justice” Shannon Gleeson (Moderator) Edmund Ezra Day Professor, Chair of the Department of Global Labor & Work, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and Brooks School of Public Policy Co-sponsored by the Cornell Population Center, the ILR School, and the Cornell Law School Chapter, National Lawyers’ Guild. Refreshments will be served Contact smg338@cornell.edu for questions or accommodations

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Immigration: A Critical and Informed Analysis

The Takedown of Elon Musk’s $56 Billion Pay Package

Lead plaintiff attorney David Tejtel speaks on a failure of corporate governance and its legal remedy.
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The Takedown of Elon Musk’s $56 Billion Pay Package

Future of Work Fellowships

The ILR Future of Work fellowship program supports postdoctoral researchers and doctoral students who work with our world-leading faculty on innovative and impactful research projects.

This fellowship program is designed to promote the benefits of strong collaboration between newer researchers and resident faculty members in studying impactful topics related to the future of work. Fellows and their faculty sponsors alike are enabled to address challenging research questions and break out of any stereotypes or default thinking around the future of work.

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“My time at the ILR School helped me understand both labor and management perspectives, which has proven to be a solid foundation for my career.”
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Justin Bloesch Q&A

Faculty Spotlight

Assistant Professor Justin Bloesch, whose research covers labor economics and macroeconomics, joined the ILR faculty in the fall. 

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Catherwood Library

The Martin P. Catherwood Library is the most comprehensive resource on labor and employment in North America, offering expert research support through reference services, instruction, online guides and access to premier collections.

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ILR in the News

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New eCornell Certificate Explores Intersection of Climate Change, Labor and Equity

A new certificate being offered by eCornell, in conjunction with the ILR School’s Climate Job Institute, will delve into the critical intersection of climate change, labor and equity, exploring the far-reaching implications of a warming planet on workers, communities and the broader economy.
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New eCornell Certificate Explores Intersection of Climate Change, Labor and Equity

ILRie Chosen as Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Fellow

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Margot Treadwell ’24 is one of two Cornell seniors selected as junior fellows of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and will spend next year conducting research with the organization in Washington, D.C.
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ILRie Chosen as Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Fellow

MS Student Shares Journey

David A. Grant II discusses his path from SUNY Cortland to Cornell.
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MS Student Shares Journey

Konvitz Lecturer Encourages Forgiveness

Student Azhaar Sholgami, whose family was terrorized in the Sudan war, called Freddy Mutanguha’s journey toward healing “an epiphany of hope.”
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Konvitz Lecturer Encourages Forgiveness

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A view of student life at Cornell University's ILR School in Ithaca, NY.

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ILRies spotted at Keeton! What’s your favorite dining hall? 👀 #cornelluniversity #ilrschool #cornellilr

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Did you know? Long before Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg cited his research on forced arbitration in her dissent of a Supreme Court decision, our Dean Alex Colvin earned a B.S. in astronomy and astrophysics from the University of Toronto. And he is SERIOUS about eclipse safety! So be sure to ditch…

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It’s hard to not fall for ILR 😌 #cornelluniversity #ilrschool #cornell2028

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ILRies are ready to leave for Spring Break! Have a safe and restful break, ILR! 🐻 #cornellilr #cornelluniversity #ilrschool

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The Thomas P. Golden Courtyard is a great space right outside of Ives! Have you gotten a chance to spend time there? #CornellILR #ILRSchool

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ILRie Izzy Daniel became the first Big Red player to earn the esteemed Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented annually to the top player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey. The honor caps a stellar senior season in which Daniel was named the Ivy League Player of the Year and the ECAC Hockey…

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